New York is the so called “melting pot” of the USA – a term that projects itself into all layers of human existence here, be it culture, religion, cuisine, and of course, style. It wouldn’t be New Yorkers if they wouldn’t flaunt their impeccable and sometimes peculiar taste in everything even when on the bike. Photographer Sam Polcer decided that the NYC cycling motley crew deserves its own photo series called Preferred Style, which was recently published by Prestel publishing as a book titled New York Bike Style.

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“I fell in love with biking here in New York City,” explains Polcer. “Once you realize what biking in New York can do for you as a New Yorker – being able to explore places that you wouldn’t normally explore, get places faster, see neighbourhoods better, meet cool people, and do that without having to struggle on the subway, or taking buses, or taking cabs, or getting stuck in traffic – It opens the city to you in a way that nothing else can,” Polcer pretty much sums up all the benefits of urban cycling.

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Cargo bikes can be used even for your lazy beloved canine companion.
We guess he plans his cycling routes depending on the density of surrounding railings.
We guess he plans his cycling routes depending on the density of surrounding railings.
If the Tour de France was held in New York.
If the Tour de France was held in New York.
Next time somebody tries to preach onto you that you should “act your age” show them this picture.
Next time somebody tries to preach onto you that you should “act your age” show them this picture.
The dapper classic.
The dapper classic.
Let’s not kid ourselves – punk’s not dead and it never will be.
Let’s not kid ourselves – punk’s not dead and it never will be.
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This picture deserves to be in the dictionary next to the “casual” entry.
Relaxed and effortlessly elegant, this lady is an inspiration.
Relaxed and effortlessly elegant, this lady is an inspiration.
Bromptons have been approved by the NYC style committee.
Bromptons have been approved by the NYC style committee.
When your style is on fleek and you know it.
When your style is on fleek and you know it.

You can see the series and his other works here.

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